A perfect blend of old school and new school house, Shaun Williams sculpts an infectious dance mix with “Rocket to the Moon”. The sound design here feels flawless from the wonderful snarl of the jagged electro hits to the smooth beats that keep the pulse racing. Vocals further give the album a lush, luxurious quality. The vocals further add to a sense of bliss that seems to tie the whole of the journey together. Stylistically firmly rooted in the four to the floor tradition, he incorporates elements of tech house, pop, and funk into a soothing mix. He possesses quite an ear for melody for these track shimmer with so much spirit.
Pace proves to be the trick for the evolution of the sound has such mastery behind it. Going for the old school homage akin to Daft Punk’s work, the way the textures are crafted has a magnificence to it. Further down the line elements of Armand van Helden’s carefully considered works. The volume deserves to be absolutely blasted for the whole of the mix has a living breathing quality to it. Dense right where it needs to be and loose when required, Shaun Williams ensures that the exploration of sound incorporates the right degree of patience to it. In some ways, the approach has a bit of an early 90s throwback to it akin to the Future Sound of London’s “Papua New Guinea” in terms of its undeniable radiant light.
The sheer giddiness of “Coming Up” sets the tone. Featuring some rather elegant keyboard work the vocals add to the undeniable exuberance. “Close Your Eyes” goes for a flexible workout. Limber, nimble synthesizer adds to the wild free-spirited quality of the track. Virtually capturing the energy of the club the piece works in its stark muscular bass. Hyperkinetic grooves flex on the elastic grooves of “On My Way”. Full of so much energy the song virtually folds into itself while it unfurls in its own unique way. Pure celebration defines the fiery approach of “By My Side”.
Intense with its wall of sound quality “Never Letting Go” goes for a dramatic flair. Everything about it stuns from the sheer size of the beats to the stark yet effective structure. Done with care it serves as the highlight of the album. The tropical flair of “Sunny Days” stretches out for days, as the extended length works to the song’s benefit as he explores the atmospherics with such ease. Deep house and gospel merge to become one on the aptly named DJ Sprinkles referencing “My House”. Stripping things down to the essentials is the lovely finale “Don’t Believe”.
“Rocket to the Moon” reveals Shaun Williams to neatly touch upon house’s roots while moving that classic sound forward.
“Rocket to the Moon” is out Monday, June 29th and has been heavily supported by BBC Introducing.